Donald Trump administration to take tough stance against International Criminal Court

Trump administration to threaten ICC judges with sanctions, prosecution

Trump administration to threaten ICC judges with sanctions, prosecution

The United States has said that it would refuse to cooperate "in any way" with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague if it carries our a prospective investigation into allegations of war crimes by U.S. military and intelligence personnel in Afghanistan, the website GlobalSecurity.org reported on Monday.

"As such, and reflecting Congressional concerns, the Administration has decided that the PLO office in Washington will close at this point", the statement added.

The United States has also been angered by a Palestinian bid to have Israel investigated for war crimes at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

He added that "the current US administration's policies starting with the transfer of its embassy to Jerusalem last May unveiled its complete prejudice to the Israeli agenda".

The move also comes as the USA administration prepares to unveil a controversial Middle East peace plan known as the "Deal of the Century".

The Palestinians were angered by Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and to move the U.S. Embassy there.

The decision comes after the Trump administration about $25 million in aid originally allotted for Palestinians in East Jerusalem hospitals.

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Mueller's team had pushed for a six-month prison sentence, while Papadopoulos' defense had requested probation. The sentence was handed down in a federal court in Washington DC yesterday.

Closing the PLO mission in Washington nearly certainly will stiffen the Palestinians' opposition to any Trump peace plan now being worked on by Trump's Middle East point men, son-in-law Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt.

The West Bank's leading pollster found a small group of Palestinians willing to give President Donald Trump's approach to Middle East peacemaking a chance. "The Trump administration will not keep the office open when the Palestinians refuse to start direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel".

In addition, the United States may negotiate more binding, bilateral agreements to prohibit nations from surrendering Americans to the Hague court, says the text.The court's aim is to bring to justice the perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. "They are no longer partners in the peace process", Erekat said. They are not only anti-Palestinian, but also anti-Israel and anti-peace.

The Palestinian government said the ruling gave "occupation forces the authority to commit an worldwide crime by forcibly displacing the 180 Palestinian citizens of Khan al-Ahmar". Khan al-Ahmar is situated outside Jerusalem between two Israeli settlements.

"We reiterate that the rights of the Palestinian people are not for sale, that we will not succumb to USA threats and bullying", Erekat said in a statement.

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) called the measure a "New Year's gift" to Israel and the Jewish people.

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